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Michael Pershan
Math teacher in NYC.
Math teacher in NYC.
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(An excerpt from this essay.) Visual patterns – who needs them?  After all, very little in the world comes in the form of a neat little sequence of growing Tetris pieces. (A growing doodle, perhaps.  Windows of a rising building. Towers of children’s…

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Last summer I wrote an essay about how feedback and the math that visual pattern problems can help students learn. Looking back, I don’t think this essay ever worked entirely, as a piece of writing.As my initial excitement about the piece soured, I never…

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In this instance, as in others we observed in this group, the conversational routine involved the following: (a) normalizing a problem of practice, (b) further specifying the problem, (c) revising the account of the problem (its nature and possible…

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The biggest takeaway for me was how exceedingly careful they are with people talking to the whole room. First of all, in classes that are 2 hours a day, full group discussions are always 10 minutes or less. Secondly, when students are talking to the room…

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The MTBoS blogbot has trapped me it says that it’s hungry, so hungry, and that I need to write it more blog posts please someone help me before it’s too l234q[875uakaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhha[;

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I am an amateur reader of research, and that’s not the same as being a bad expert. These days, I think being an amateur presents its own special set of challenges. I’m not heir to any sort of research tradition, and there’s a lot of training that I lack.…

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I was trying to get R to put some stuff on his page. I stared off past R into the wall. I realized that it wasn’t for my sake that I wanted him to show his work. My point, to R, was that he was doing all these calculations in his head and dropping numbers…

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I often find myself at a desk, agonizing over whether or not it’s worth it to give comments on student work. I have a similar worry that arises when kids are working in class. Should I say something? What should I say? Will it help? Clearly, sometimes…

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You want to know my methodology, right? Well, first I went back in twitter time and looked for pieces that I shared. Of those, I picked a favorite for each month, or two if it was a good month. I tried to vary up the people whose posts are in this list,…

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There are times when writing about teaching feels like a pretty lonely affair.  It’s sort of a double-whammy of loneliness. At first, we turn to writing because there’s a something about the work that we can’t quite talk about with other teachers at our…
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